EdgeConneX® has announced a new partnership with Community IX, an organization dedicated to improving interconnectivity and reducing cost between networks, and its new Atlanta-based Internet Exchange, CIX-ATL to build a connectivity node into EdgeConneX’s Atlanta Edge Data Center® (EDC). Located just outside of downtown Atlanta, the 29,800-sq-ft EDC was purpose built to provide customers with a secure colocation facility capable of delivering content and applications to local-market consumers with the lowest possible latency.

The recent establishment of CIX-ATL will allow ISPs, content providers and enterprises to quickly, cost-effectively and easily exchange IP traffic at serveral sites in the Atlanta metro area. Competing with an incumbent provider, Community IX aims to piece together another peering-fragmented market by offering a cost-effective, distributed switching fabric across six data centers, including the EdgeConneX Atlanta EDC. The deployment of this new node will allow EdgeConneX to localize traffic to the surrounding metro market, providing tenants with a wide range of peering opportunities. Port fees are waived on CIX-ATL until September 2018, and the exchange is currently accepting new members.

“Community IX is dedicated to improving interconnection across the Southeast and we are excited to have CIX-ATL deployed with EdgeConneX in their Atlanta facility,” notes Dave Temkin, Chairman of the Board, Community IX. “This partnership greatly expands peering in the Atlanta metro area and allows EdgeConneX customers to experience a superior Internet experience.”

“EdgeConneX is honored to be a part of the initial CIX-ATL rollout across Atlanta, and we are excited to continue expanding our peering opportunities throughout the Southeast,” shares Clint Heiden, chief commercial officer, EdgeConneX. “It’s our goal to offer a wide range of advanced interconnection opportunities with exceptional connectivity services across our entire portfolio of EDCs. This partnership is instrumental in our venture to continue facilitating an open and cost-effective peering system for EdgeConneX tenants.”